The Hahira Annexation request was actually heard at the Planning Commission meeting that started at the same time. All the incumbents were reappointed to the Hospital Authority and the shadowy Lowndes County Public Facilities Authority. Both the road abandonments were approved, of Old Statenville Road and of Excess Right of Way on James Road and Riverside Road. All that plus a GEMA Sheltering Memorandum of Agreement and a beer license, plus Poll Manager Recognition.
Here’s the agenda. See the videos from the Work Session of the same morning and the videos from the previous Regular Session of May 13th for context on the Public Hearings and on the James Road Subsidence.
LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
WORK SESSION, TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
327 N. Ashley Street — 2nd Floor
- Call to Order
Gretchen was at the Planning Commission with the usual LAKE video camera and tripod, which is why these LCC Regular Session videos are handheld and the sound isn’t as good as usual.
Reverend Minister Lame Duck Commissioner Crawford Powell gave the church service.
- Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
- Poll Manager Recognition
Video. They recognized Tim Coombs*, Brooke Bennett, Jacky Goolsby, Jerrell Anderson*, Eleanor Jackson*, Richard Peepleo, Yvonte Battle, Hans Kahle*, and Gerrell Tibbets.
*marks those who were present. Name spellings are my guesses, since the county as usual couldn’t be bothered to put them in writing in the agenda.
Video. There was a lot more shuffling around and waiting than I videoed.
- Minutes for Approval
- Hospital Authority
Regularly scheduled meetings of Hospital Authority occur on the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30am in the SGMC Executive Board Room unless otherwise posted. Meeting notices are posted on the first floor of the main campus near the mailroom.
County Manager Joe Pritchard said “names had been submitted” by the Hospital Authority for the expiring position of Mary Margaret Richardson and hers was one of the names. She spoke first, followed by Elsie Cason Napier and Charlie Godfrey (also known as Gene Godfrey, poastor and gardener at News Street Church of Christ in Hahira). They unanimously reappointed the incumbent.
There’s also a South Georgia Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, which is different, apparently in charge of fundraising, and appointed by unknown means.
- Lowndes County Public Facilities Authority (2)
Video. The members of this Authority as of 29 November 2012 were apparently Antonio Henderson, Harry B. Sullivan, J. Stephen Gupton, Jr., Joseph G. Stevens, and Crawford Powell.
Gupton and Powell’s terms were expiring; both wanted to be reappointed; both were present; Commissioners had no questions for either; Demarcus Marshall moved, Joyce Evans seconded, they and Richard Raines voted for, Crawford Powell recused himself.
- Public Hearing
- Abandonment of Old Statenville Road SE (CR 116)
Video. There is a Public Notice 00072404 of 13 May 2014 in the VDT’s online notices. County Engineer Mike Fletcher mentioned that, and said nobody had objected. No citizens spoke in the Public Hearing. Commissioners unanimously approved the abandonment.
- Abandonment of Excess Right of Way on James Rd and Riverside Dr
Video. There is Public Notice 00072406 of 13 May 2014 in the VDT’s online notices. County Engineer Mike Fletcher mentioned that, and said the certified letters had been sent. No citizens spoke in the Public Hearing. Commissioners unanimously approved the abandonment.
- For Consideration
- GEMA Sheltering Memorandum of Agreement
Video. Emergency Services Manager Ashley Tye said this was a request for reauthorization of an agreement since 2011. Commissioner Demarcus Marshall asked if they could get a shelter for Hahira. Answer: the location of these shelters was by GEMA, but there are other shelters the county uses, and some of those are in Hahira.
Video. They unanimously approved the request.
- City of Hahira Annexation Request Agreement, N Hagan Bridge Rd & GA Hwy 122 E, 58.09 acres
Video. County Engineer Mike Fletcher said late that afternoon they received a request from the applicant’s agent for it to be tabled until the next County Commission meeting. Chairman asked for a motion for 30 days, and got it. Attorney reminded him the request was for next meeting. Motion amended and passed unanimously. Meanwhile, the same item was about to be taken up at the Planning Commission meeting going on simultaneously across town.
- Beer License — Sai Krupa 2014 Inc. — 7415 Ga. Hwy 376
Video. The usual change of ownership. Unanimously approved.
- Reports-County Manager
- Citizens Wishing to be Heard Please State Name And Address
There was only one speaker in this item.
- When are the two Budget Public Hearings? –John S. Quarterman
Here’s a video playlist:
Reappointments and no annexation in Regular Session @ LCC 2014-05-27
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 27 May 2014.